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At-Risk Schools Partner with Station Casinos

At-Risk Schools Partner with Station Casinos

School principals from 10 at-risk schools learned Friday they would be getting money from Station Casinos.

For the 13th year in a row, the company is partnering with the schools to provide them $5,000 each, to pay for programs to meet education goals.

The Smart Start school partnership was announced during a special breakfast at Green Valley Ranch Resort. The company also announced that its employees had gathered backpacks, crayons, pencils and other school supplies to give to their designated school.

"When they come to our school, they just don't bring the stuff. They with them energy and love and support. So to me, they're giving these kids hope, because they now know that someone else loves them and cares for them and values them enough to stay in school and get an education," Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn said.

UNLV Getting Ready for Solar House Competition

UNLV Getting Ready for Solar House Competition

UNLV's team of students have arrived in Irvine, California for the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2013.

The students will start constructing their energy-efficient, solar-powered houses at Orange County Great Park Monday. It will take about 10 days for the teams to build the houses.

Teams from universities and colleges around the world are part of the competition, including Czech Technical University and Team Alberta, Canada.

The houses will be compete in 10 contests that will test the house's performance, livability and affordability.

UNLV's home is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the Mojave Desert but still maintain a low carbon footprint.

Nevada Colleges Face Big Backlog in Maintenance

Nevada Colleges Face Big Backlog in Maintenance

ELKO, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada's colleges and universities are a facing an expensive and expanding backlog in maintenance projects that have been put off during the recession.

A report presented to the Board of Regents says the higher education system needs to invest at least $60 million a year, but spends only a fraction of that amount.

The Board of Regents, meeting Friday in Elko, was told the University of Nevada, Las Vegas faces a $286 million backlog, while University of Nevada, Reno is looking at nearly $900 million in maintenance projects.

System-wide, more than $300 million in projects are considered critical.

The looming question is how to pay for all the needs. A task force has been proposed to explore funding options, including student fees.

The topic will be discussed again in December.

UNLV Names New Dean of Business School

UNLV Names New Dean of Business School

UNLV will welcome a new dean of its business school this fall.

Brent Hathaway will begin running the Lee Business School on October 1. He comes to UNLV from the University of Wyoming. According to information from UNLV, Hathaway has served as dean of the Wyoming College of Business since 2004 and previously served as chair of the college’s department of management and marketing.

“We are delighted to have Brent Hathaway as dean of the Lee Business School,” said John White, UNLV executive vice president and provost.  “Brent is a proven leader with a successful record at Wyoming. He also brings to the position significant experience in the corporate world and a strong academic record.”

Hathaway earned a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Utah State University.

Students Show of Ideas for New Boulder City Research Park

Students Show of Ideas for New Boulder City Research Park

Some of the brightest students in the Clark County School District showed off their ideas for a new solar park planned for Boulder City.

The 6th through 8th grade students are all part of the Highly Gifted Summer Academy. They created concepts and 3D displays for the new Boulder City Renewable Energy Research Park.

The kids showed their work to the UNLV students, who are actually creating the park, for consideration in the final development.

The program is made up of 18 students who qualified because they scored in the 99.5 percentile on a test measuring intelligence.  

Twin Valedictorians Take Message of Summer Learning to Students

Twin Valedictorians Take Message of Summer Learning to Students

A pair of brothers that were both valedictorians of their graduating class, both star players at Centennial High School and both attending Stanford University this fall talked to current students about the important of focusing on academics even in the summer.

Marcus and Malcolm Allen spoke to summer school students at Del Sol High School Friday as part of the National Summer Learning Day.

The Clark County School District would like students to be part of summer school, tutoring, academic camps and events to keep their minds active during the summer months.

CCSD has developed an online Summer Learning Guide that gives parents grade-level-appropriate activities to help reinforce skills. Go to, ccsd.net/learn for the learning guides.

Southern Nevada Students Receive Scholarships

Southern Nevada Students Receive Scholarships

A southern Nevada student is getting help to go to college thanks to a young man who will be playing football at UNLV.

Jared Lebowitz from La Canada Flintridge, California was originally picked to receive a scholarship from pro football hall of famer Warren Moon.

However, Lebowitz was recruited to play quarterback at UNLV. The young man requested the money go to another student, and as a result, Joshua Mayfield of Chaparral High School will now get the scholarship.

He is one of two southern Nevada students getting the scholarship. Carlos Martin from Las Vegas High School is also getting money. The three other students are from Southern California.

The students received the honor during a ceremony at the Luxor Friday.